Parkour, Anyone?

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Have you ever heard of parkour?

A few weeks ago, my husband and I took our kids to Elephant Rocks State Park, which is pretty much one of the coolest places on earth. The park consists of 1500 million-year-old granite that has been worn away to create giant boulders. Aside from being absolutely breathtaking, the park is a wonderland of rocky mazes to run and climb about. Naturally, it was also the perfect place to teach our children about the art of parkour.

I may be a few years behind on the phenomenon (which is my typical time frame for picking up on fads), but the only reason I came to know about parkour was because of a television show (which is my typical source for picking up on just about anything). Some of you may remember an episode of The Office that involved Michael, Dwight, and Andy displaying their smooth parkour moves around Dunder Mifflin. Well, I just don’t think I could have lived with myself if, while at Elephant Rocks, I didn’t have my kids do their impression of The Office doing their impression of parkour.

So without further ado, I will let these videos…in a particular order, from real parkour to, um, least real parkour… do the talking.

Actual Parkour

The Office Parkour

Grace’s and Michael’s Parkour

 

5 Responses

  1. This made me laugh for so many reasons! I only heard of this a few years ago because some guys at my husband’s work were into this and used to videotape themselves in their parking ramp doing it over lunch time! It was about what you would expect from a bunch of out of shape 40 year olds! I think your kids are pretty good.

  2. That is just adorable. I love that you two subject your kiddos to this kind of “torture” for them to enjoy for ages : ) Kurt even got into the action there for a minute! ha! Makes me want to get to Elephant Rocks this fall, too.

    • You should definitely go. We stopped there since it was on our way home from Black River and we had the time to spare, but it would certainly be worth the special drive. I want to go back. It was amazing…I’m surprised it took me this long to go!

  3. […] Wear Out the Kids • Make sure your kids hit the hay hard by letting them run wild throughout the city. St. Louis is blessed with numerous parks where children of all ages can play, play, play: Kirkwood, Creve Couer, Castlewood, Queeny, and the gorgeous national historical landmark, Tower Grove, among many others. Faust Park has the bonus of both The St. Louis Carousel and the Butterfly House. Kids can explore things creative and fantastic at the City Museum or the Magic House. Or explore beautiful plant life at the Children’s Garden in the Missouri Botanical Garden. Or hitch a ride on planes, trains and automobiles at the Museum of Transportation. And if you don’t mind traveling a bit out of the city to Ironton, I HIGHLY recommend Elephant Rocks State Park. The landscape is populated with elephant-shaped boulders formed from the mining of red granite, and it is a majestic place for a hike or game of hide-and-seek. It’s also where my husband and I taught our kids the art of parkour. […]

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